THE NPK’S OF GROWING

by gtadmin July 24, 2015

N) NITROGEN Nitrogen is essential for plant growth. Nitrogen is a part of every living cell. The two forms of nitrogen which plants take up are in the ammonia (NH4) and nitrate (N03) ion forms. Most agronomic crops take up most of their nitrogen in the nitrate ion form. Plants will utilize N in the […]

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QUICK REFERENCE/CONVERSIONS

by gtadmin July 23, 2015

1 US gallon is equal to: 4 quarts 128 ounces 768 tsp 8 pints 3.785 liters 8.34 lbs 16 cups 256 tbsp 231 cu. in. 1 cup is equal to: 8 ounces 48 tsp 0.23 liter 1/2 pint 236 ml 14.4 cu.in. 16 tbsp 0.52 lbs 236 grams 1 tablespoon is equal to: 1/2 ounce […]

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FLUORESCENT LIGHTS FOR PLANT GROWTH

by gtadmin July 22, 2015

Light is the all-important source of energy used by plants in photosynthesis. But light is not just one simple, well-defined entity. The plant response is influenced by light quality, intensity and duration. The energy contained in light is absorbed in the chlorophyll of plants. Not all wavelengths of light are utilized with equal efficiency. Looking […]

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AN EASY GARDENING ALTERNATIVE

by gtadmin July 21, 2015

magine! Fresh vegetables and flowers, year-round, without having to go to the grocery store or the florist… in fact, right in your own home! Sound like a dream? Not with hydroponic growing systems. Bring the garden and fresh produce indoors without all the mess. While many of you still consider hydroponics to be a new […]

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LET THERE BE LIGHT

by gtadmin July 20, 2015

A guide to bulbs, ballasts and other artificial lighting basics, By Laura L. Kramer One of the greatest challenges of indoor gardening is providing enough light. Loss of daylight during the darker short days of winter not only limits flowering and fruiting, but also has detrimental effects on the health and longevity of house plants. […]

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A GARDEN FOR ALL SEASONS

by gtadmin July 19, 2015

Hydroponics for the Houseplant Lover By Dorothy K. Morgan There is a time for every season unless you are growing plants using hydroponics. Fall and winter usually signify the close of gardening. The leaves don autumn colors, then fall, and cold, cloudy days set in. Your friends and neighbors pack up their tools, harvest their […]

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GARDENING IN THE GREAT INDOORS

by gtadmin July 18, 2015

Imagine a garden giving you gardenias in full bloom, a ripe plucked mango, or maybe you savor that fresh picked tomato flavor with pungent homegrown basil. This can be experienced any time of the year at any latitude, no matter how much snow, wind, or rain is coming down outside. Any plant grown under the […]

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HIGH PRESSURE SODIUM OR METAL HALIDE?

by gtadmin July 17, 2015

Greenhouse lighting methods have been evolving through the years just as ventilation, shading, and irrigation systems have been evolving. However, many greenhouse growers have been “in the dark” about the advances in lighting technology. This is largely because greenhouse growers traditionally have viewed natural sunlight as the one resource that’s free of charge. Growers typically […]

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GROWING UNDER LIGHTS IN MONTREAL

by gtadmin July 16, 2015

When Greg and Frances Miller first proposed building a farm in downtown Montreal, under lights, I thought this would be quite a challenge. Greg’s first step was to research the possibility of renting a vacant basement in the city. He soon found one that included an abundance of clean water and inexpensive electric power. The […]

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JAILHOUSE GREEN…INMATE PROGRESSIVE FARMING CO-OP

by gtadmin July 15, 2015

The John E. Polk Correctional Facility (Seminole County Jail) is located in Seminole County in the town of Stanford, Florida, a suburb of Orlando. Originally constructed in 1980, was expanded to its present size in 1986. The facility is designed to house a maximum of 812 inmates, as of November 1, 1995, the average daily […]

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